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November 2021

From The Smile Side of Life

WellBeing for U!
Creativity on Call

Have Laughter, Will Travel

As some of our pandemic fears and worries subside a bit, many of us have been venturing back into the "real world." A dinner out, a visit with loved ones, a school program. I even took a recent trip on an airplane, and stayed masked the entire time.

Most of my presentations are still virtual, most recently, a 6-session laughter break for the very busy at this time of year employees of a health services company. Their employees are located coast to coast, so virtual was a great way to reach so many of them at once. You can also check out some videos (with more in the works) on my Youtube Channel.

I will be teaching 3 classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers, for the winter session in the new year. The classes are virtual and you can join from anywhere - I've had attendees from all the way in Peru!

The classes will be:

I Was Only Joking: The Ethics Of Humor
Throughout history, both laughter and humor have been used as weapons to hurt, demean and control groups of people as well as to single out someone as the “butt of a joke.” Often the phrases “I was only joking,” “Can’t you take a joke?” and “You have no sense of humor!” are used to defend a passive-aggressive use of humor. This class will
explore the seriousness of this issue, discuss the destructive effects of humor used this way as well as some surprising and historic examples of positive use.

Renewal, Revision, and Reinvention After 50

The journey through midlife and beyond can be an unsettling time. For some, the intense striving of young adulthood has cooled, or the twists and turns of life may have led to a very different place than originally planned. Feeling adrift may lead to depression, during a time most expect to be flourishing. As parts of life slow down and change, it creates the perfect opportunity to re-examine one’s sense of meaning and purpose, and create fresh vision for the road that lies ahead.

Taking A Laughter Break for the Health of It
This is my most popular program, especially during the pandemic, people really needed a stress-busting, endorphin releasing, smile-creating funfest.

More information and registration links can be found in the OLLI-RU Catalog.

And here's something I wrote a while back after spending a lovely fall day with friends. One of those friends recently passed away. Rest peacefully, Otto, your laugh will remain with me forever.

The Laughter of Friends

Don't go gently, Go Laughing!

Noreen Braman
KeyNote • Speaker • Author, The Smile Side of Life Laughter & Happiness Club
Innovation Women Profile
motto   Living on the Smile Side of Life in New Jersey
Certifications   Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor
Memberships   Member: Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor
"Today's disaster could be tomorrow's funny story." - Noreen Braman

If your workplace, organization or social group would like to take a Laughter Break or learn about 5 Habits that Build Resilience and Enhance Well-Being, these presentations are available virtually and can be a much needed boost for at home workers or socially distant friends, family, and group members.

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